By now everyone out there probably knows what a USB flash drive is; in fact, they most likely own one, if not several. A USB flash drive, or a ‘USB stick’, or ‘pen-drive’, or ‘flash drive’ as they are often called, are small portable data storage devices that can store data of up to a whopping 128GB. Devices hold different capacities of memory and vary in price depending on how much data they can store on them.
What are USB Flash Drives Used for?
Flash drives are commonly used for transferring files, documents, media, or other data from one device to another without having to transport the original device. For example, users can transfer Word documents to the USB flash drive which can then be plugged into a USB port on a different computer. It’s a great way to create files on your home computer and then transfer them to your work PC without carrying a heavy laptop backwards and forwards. Many TVs, DVD players and games consoles now have built-in USB ports that allow people to watch media files like videos or listen to music through these devices with flash drives that contain the file data.
The Risks of Using USB Flash Drives to Transfer and Store Data
Flash drives are strong and durable little devices that make storing and carrying data quick and simple. There’s no user manual required for learning how to use a flash drive! However, due to their tiny size, losing them does become a significant risk. This can create a difficult situation if you are using the USB flash drive to transport sensitive or private information from work to another location and the drive becomes lost or stolen. Not only that, but downloading files from the web or adding data that isn’t secure to the flash drive can pose a security threat. Viruses are able to latch onto the data and infiltrate the flash drive, which can in theory infect other computers you might plug it into. However, good data encryption practices at work and a solid anti-virus program can solve these issues and help to minimise risk.
Can Data be Recovered from USB Flash Drives if They are Damaged?
Even if your flash drive is physically damaged that doesn’t necessarily mean that data can’t be recovered from it by an IT professional with the right tools, software, and expertise. Usually, data recovery experts can recover lost or damaged data when your USB flash drive is still attached to your computer and the internet. They can also recover original data by exploring the drive in the same way they would recover data from hard drives and eventually returning as much of the original data to the flash drive as they can.
Data Recovery Melbourne – MLK Computing Flash Drive Recovery
Our talented IT support and computer repair technicians have the skills and experience to help restore your data should it be damaged or lost from a USB flash drive. Our technicians are skilled in hard drive technology, computer electronics, and data recovery systems that get back part, or all, of the original data that was lost to you. USB flash drive data recovery is only one of the many great data recovery services MLK Computing offers in Melbourne.